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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 8 January 2021 10:24 AM
Happy New Year everyone!

Here begins a brand new year, hopefully with less COVID and more normality! It’s nice though to think we’ve started our year with some not-so hot summery days. It’s odd to think we’d had some extreme heat waves already this time last year. But we all love summer and no doubt are pet’s do too! With the long summer days and balmy nights we are often out and about with our pets, more than other times during the year. Trips to the river or beach are the most fun! But with the heat comes the “common” but serious summer hazards which you need to be mindful of when it comes to our furry companions. So we wanted to get in first with some clear summer hazards you need to watch out for:

 

Heat Stroke

It can be easy for our frisky companions to overdo it in the heat. Unlike us, our pets cannot sweat over their full bodies; they can only produce a tiny amount of sweat through their little toepads. Therefore they rely on panting to get rid of the hot air. This is...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 11 December 2020 8:02 AM
Travelling with your dog

The upcoming holiday season is usually a time to spend with family or go on a much awaited holiday or camping trip. It may be an opportunity to get some jobs done at home, like the pets’ annual check-ups. Often these activities require travelling your dog…

Whether travelling with your dog to the vet clinic, the groomers, the dog park, your holiday destination, family or friend’s place, or the boarding kennels; a lot of dogs display signs of stress related and sickness behaviours in the car. Such as agitation, panting, salivating excessively, trembling, vomiting, barking, whining, urinating/soiling, attempting to escape etc. Reducing your dog’s stress levels will, in most cases, help to reduce the symptoms of travel anxiety and sickness too. 

A dog pheromone spray, which mimics the odour of a nursing mother dog and relax even adult dogs, can help to reduce anxiety during travel. Playing relaxation music can also help to relax your dog. Keeping the temperature inside the car cool, lowering the windows for fresh air and limiting food for a few hours before the trip can help to reduce nausea, and in-turn reducing stress. Exercising your dog about 20 minutes before your drive can help to exhaust your dog and reduce stress also.  

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 11 December 2020 7:53 AM
Holiday hacks! Let’s stay safe this Christmas “Santa Claus is coming! Santa Claus is coming! He’s not very far away… time to hang our stockings up – it’s nearly Christmas Day!”

In the blink of an eye – Christmas is here! It is actually the most wonderful time of the year. Not only for the presents Santa leaves us under the tree, but more importantly  for the time we spend with family and friends, stuffing our faces full of delicious food and reflecting on the rollercoaster year that was 2020.

We were lucky to stay open during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which required us to do many-a phone consult, not allowing clients in to the clinic (even to get worming tablets), and having to get used to a ding! from the phone every time someone...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 13 November 2020 8:16 AM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Travelling with your dog

The upcoming holiday season is usually a time to spend with family or go on a much awaited holiday or camping trip. It may be an opportunity to get some jobs done at home, like the pets’ annual check-ups. Often these activities require travelling your dog…

Whether travelling with your dog to the vet clinic, the groomers, the dog park, your holiday destination, family or friend’s place, or the boarding kennels; a lot of dogs display signs of stress related and sickness behaviours in the car. Such as agitation, panting, salivating excessively, trembling, vomiting, barking, whining, urinating/soiling, attempting to escape etc. Reducing your dog’s stress levels will, in most cases, help to reduce the symptoms of travel anxiety and sickness too. 

A dog pheromone spray, which mimics the odour of a nursing mother dog and relax even adult dogs, can help to reduce anxiety during travel. Playing relaxation music can also help to relax your...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 6 November 2020 1:08 PM
Did someone say it’s November? Where has the year 2020 gone?! The year has been one crazy rollercoaster hasn’t it! With COVID-19 being the biggest spanner in the works, no wonder we’re questioning the fact that the end of the year is already upon us. Mind you, it would be nice to say “See ya later!” to this year, and start afresh for 2021.

Sigh... It’s also crazy to think that Christmas is right around the corner! We all know Christmas is a TREMENDOUSLY busy time and often things are missed, or we say to ourselves ‘I’ll deal with that later!’ If it’s one thing to forgetting about getting everyone a Christmas present before it’s too late, I’m sure it may have slipped your mind about your pet’s vaccinations! And we wouldn’t blame you – we know the saying ‘when it rains, it pours!’ applies here!

But are you planning on taking your pooch along with you on a Christmas holiday? Or will they be spending their Christmas trip in a doggy and kitty hotel (aka. Boarding kennel/cattery)?

Most boarding...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 9 October 2020 8:00 AM
Hello everybody! How amazing is this beautiful spring weather! It’s so nice to be outside with the fur-kids enjoying the sunshine and the warmer weather. It definitely makes it easier to get out and about!

This month our focus is all on our pets’ kidneys! Though they seem like a minor organ in their body, they can create big problems for our pets if something goes wrong. We’ll be talking about two main conditions that can affect our pet’s filtration system: Kidney Disease and Urinary Tract Disease.

Kidney Disease What causes Kidney disease?

There are two different forms of kidney disease – acute (sudden) or chronic (long-term). The kidneys can be damaged by a wide range of conditions including injury, infection, toxins, and cancer. This damage sadly is usually irreversible. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, progression can be limited and many pets go on to live happily for years after diagnosis

What are the symptoms?

The signs of kidney disease can...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 2 October 2020 4:16 PM
Urine marking 

Nobody enjoys a dog that wees on every vertical surface in its proximity!! But did you know, any dog, male or female, desexed or not, over the age of three months may urine mark? So why do dogs’ urine mark? And what can you do to stop the behaviour?

Urine marking is most commonly performed by dogs that are not desexed. Entire females, usually urine mark more frequently just before and while on heat. However, urine marking may still occur on flat surfaces and by dog that are desexed.

Dogs may urine mark due to the presence of another dog or smell of urine left in their environment; such as around their own home and yard, while on a regular walking route, and during visits to other familiar locations. 

Exciting social situations can trigger urine marking. For example, a male dog marking when in the presence of a female dog (especially if she is on heat) and or when interacting with other males. When they visit homes where other dogs have urine marked before. When...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 11 September 2020 10:17 AM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Has your full of energy puppy been driving you crazy through the cold winter months? Were you unable to socialise your puppy or attend puppy training due to Covid restrictions? Finally spring is here, and restrictions have lightened. What a glorious time to get out, socialise, and do some training while enjoying the lovely spring weather. 

Did you know dog socialisation involves more than dog play dates? It involves exposing a young dog to positive experiences in the world they will live, including daily activities around your home, walks (in different environments), car trips, visits to friends or family’s houses, café visits, camping, etc. This is one of the most effective things you, as a new dog parent, can do to enjoy a relaxed and social dog you can be proud to take anywhere.  

Train and reward good/preferred behaviours as your puppy grows into a lifetime member of the family. Use treats to teach and positively reward the behaviour you would like your dog to be doing during daily activities. Such as sit and wait before coming inside, lay on your mat while vacuuming is being done, sit to greet visitors, move to a spot away from you when asked, and walk calmly on a lead. ...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 4 September 2020 10:47 AM
Now if you sang that along to the ‘Itchy and Scratchy’ theme song from the Simpsons, I’ll be impressed!

Firstly we’d like to say a massive big thank you to everyone who supported Team MBVC during the month of August for our PAWgust fundraiser. We raised an incredible $1076! To those who donated, or watched us along our journey via our social media platforms, we truly appreciate it. We all had a great time taking selfies with our pets and exploring the many wonderful areas in the Murraylands region. So thank you to all!

But back on topic – spring is here! We can say good bye to the cold, wintry, -3 degree weather and welcome the sunshine, the bees and the flowers! But with spring, you know that means the dreaded pollen and dust that will be floating in the air! Have you been battling hay fever symptoms already? Are you reaching for the Zyrtec?

Did you know just like us, dogs and cats can have allergies to spring? Well… not all of spring! For many people, they have been cooped up inside...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 10:23 AM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

It is easy to overlook dental disease as the cause of discomfort, particularly in older dogs and cats as it is often assumed that behaviour changes are caused by aging. 

From a young age, to prevent dental disease, offer your dog plenty of chews - hard toys and rawhide. Not bones or sticks at they can damage their teeth and mouth. Offer cats primarily dry food that is large in size to encourage crunching and chewy meat. Always feed your pet a healthy diet. If your pet already has dental disease, brushing or hard foods may be ineffective and could be very painful. 

Dental pain can result in significant changes in your pet’s behaviour, such as the following: - Gradual loss of interest in playing with or chewing toys.  - Fussiness with food, including favouring a certain type of food, eating on one side only, or problems picking up food.  - Rubbing or pawing at their mouth. - Salivating or dribbling more. - Pain when you try to look at their mouth. - Blood in...

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